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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 32: April 01, 2009

Top Stories
Open Budget Forum is set for April 15
Events to Note
Culinary Corner events listed through April 11
Student Success Center offers study skills help sessions
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is April 1
Culinary Corner lists March 30 to April 4 events
Marinus Otte presents ESSP spring colloquium
AISES will hold Indian taco sale Thursday
Inauguration of Steve Shirley, new VCSU president, postponed
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Astronomy talk, telescope observing session is April 7
Healthy UND 2020 is April 8
North Dakota Museum of Art kicks off "Art and Fun for Adults" April 8
April 9 On Teaching Seminar focuses on student writing
SUNY Distinguished Professor to speak at geography forum
Hands-On Learning Fair is April 18
Play basketball against students and raise money
Sweet Treats in Culinary Corner is April 18
John Michael Lerma cooking demonstration rescheduled
Donations sought for children's art programs
Note federal requirement for students with failing grades
Retreat grant funding is available
Fulbright Scholar awards are available
2007-08 HERI faculty survey now available online
Stimulus tax tables in effect for March 31 paycheck
Online courses offered for summer and fall
Summer Mini-Project grant deadline extended to noon April 15
Chester Fritz Library lists Easter hours
Law Library announces Easter weekend hours
Funeral services for Agnes Vennes, wife of John Vennes is April 4
Legislative information available
Deadline is April 15 for award nominations
New chapter of AAUP to be established at UND
Studio One features coffee house terms, four-day school week
Museum Cafe lists weekly menu
Nominations sought for Memorial Union Leadership Awards
March Denim Day will be Wednesday, April 1
Internal job openings listed
Memorandum of Understanding template now available
In the News
Regional ATHENA, ATHENA Young Professional Award presentation
In Remembrance
Remembering Pat Warcup
Remembering Denice Schafer
Remembering Carl Wasinger
Open Budget Forum is set for April 15

President Robert Kelley and Alice Brekke, interim vice president for finance and operations, will host an Open Budget Forum from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 15, in the North Ballroom, Memorial Union.

The presentation will include discussion of the UND's budget in legislative process and anticipated budget process for next fiscal year. Time will be provided for questions.

All faculty, staff, students are invited to attend this informational session. -- President Robert Kelley and Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations Alice Brekke.

Culinary Corner events listed through April 11

Here is what’s happening in Culinary Corner through April 11!

Nutrition trivia: Have you been three for three yet? Maybe this is your lucky week! Remember, no peeking!

1. What is the world’s most important source of food?
2. A popped popcorn piece is how many times larger than the original popcorn kernel?
3. What common spice is technically tree bark?

Start Right Breakfast
Wednesday, April 8, 7:15 a.m.
Who said Wheaties is the only breakfast of champions? Come join us bright and early in the Culinary Corner and start your day off right! Learn healthy breakfast options that are easy, delicious, and made for champions. Breakfast will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Dakota Harvest Bakers
Tuesday, April 7, 5 p.m.
Nothing is as inviting as the smell of fresh baked bread. Join our local bread experts from Dakota Harvest Bakers, Paul and George, as they share some best kept bread making secrets. This hands-on class will be one to remember. The cost is $10. The class is limited to the first seven people to register.

Sweet Treats
Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Sweet Treats, developed by recent UND graduate and avid baker Laura Vein, is a hands-on class dedicated to primarily baking and deserts. Each class features a different theme such as cupcakes, crepes, brownies, comfort food, cheesecake, etc. Classes are designed to show that not all deserts are un-healthy. Some baking experience is preferred, but the class can appeal to most levels of expertise. The cost is $15. The class is limited to the first seven people registered.

To register:, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.

**Please pre-register by noon the day before each class. Class cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance for full refund option. **

For questions please contact Karina Wittmann, coordinator of Nutrition Services at

Trivia Answers:
1. Rice
2. 35
3. Cinnamon
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701 777 0769

Student Success Center offers study skills help sessions

The Student Success Center will hold study skills help sessions to answer many of the questions students have about studying. The sessions are informal and participants are invited to bring their lunch, relax, and join in the conversation. All sessions will take place in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union, from noon to 12:50 p.m., and are open to the entire campus community, with no reservations required. Upcoming sessions for April include:
* Thursday, April 9, Reading a College Textbook
* Wednesday, April 15, Studying for Tests
* Tuesday, April 21, Taking Tests
* Thursday, April 30, Studying/Preparing for Finals
-- Shari Nelson, Learning Specialist, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is April 1

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Please join us when Kristi Wavra Stallmo shares her story about when she was involved in the case with a former coach/teacher in Grand Forks. She will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided by the Women’s Center.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4302

Culinary Corner lists March 30 to April 4 events

Here is what’s happening in Culinary Corner to April 4.

Nutrition Trivia: (See how many you can answer without looking!)
This week we have a vegetable theme to go with the fruit and vegetable of the month. Answers are at the bottom.

1. What widely-popular vegetable was thought to be poisonous until the middle of the 19th century?
2. What modern leafy vegetable was used as a spoon by the Greeks?
3. What vegetable used to be placed in a vase as a table centerpiece?

Start Right Breakfast
Wednesday, April 1, 7:15 a.m.
Who said Wheaties is the only breakfast of champions? Come join us bright and early in the Culinary Corner and start your day off right! Learn healthy breakfast options that are easy, delicious, and made for champions. Breakfast will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Fruit and Vegetable of the Month
Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m.
Almost everyone needs to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are essential to promoting good health, assisting with weight loss, and protecting from chronic disease. The monthly class series will focus on a fruit and a vegetable each month. Participants will learn about how to select, store, and prepare each item. Class cost is $5 and limited to seven participants.

To register:, click on nutrition and Culinary Corner.

**Please pre-register by noon the day before each class. Class cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance for full refund option.

For questions please contact Karina Wittmann, coordinator of nutrition services at or 777-0769.

Trivia Answers:
1. Tomato
2. Romaine lettuce
3. Celery
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701 777 0769

Marinus Otte presents ESSP spring colloquium

Marinus Otte, professor of biological sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, will present "Multi-Element Fingerprinting for Environmental Assessment of Wetlands" at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Room 210, Clifford Hall Auditorium.

Dr. Otte received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in ecology and ecotoxicology of plants. His research is focused on multi-element analysis of environmental matrices to investigate processes at the micro (e.g. rhizosphere) and macros-scales (eg. watersheds).

The presentation is part of the Earth System Science and Policy spring 2009 colloquium series. For more information contact Michael Hill at 777-6071, or
-- Kathy Ebertowski, Admin. Secretary, Center for People & the Environment,, 701-777-2490

AISES will hold Indian taco sale Thursday

UND AISES will hold an Indian taco sale, weather permitting, Thursday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Indian Student Services Center. The cost is $5 per Indian taco, and $2 for fry bread. For pick up orders, on campus deliveries of three or more, and for off-campus deliveries of five or more, call 777-2321 to place your order starting Wednesday April 1. - UND AISES.

Inauguration of Steve Shirley, new VCSU president, postponed

Inauguration events for Valley City State University President Steven Shirley, originally scheduled for Friday, April 3, have been postponed as the VCSU campus has been asked to serve as an evacuation center for Fargo residents displaced by the flood. Members of the UND community who had indicated they would be in attendance will be contacted when the date is reset.

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

University Within the University (U2) lists the following new classes.

Intro to Dreamweaver CS3
April 6, 8:30 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to design a Web site, explore the Dreamweaver environment, identify the HTML tags in the file, define a Web site, create and save a Web page, organize site files using the files panel, create templates that help you develop multiple pages easily, add content to a Web page, identify the different types of links and create them for easy navigation, and upload a Web site. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
April 7, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module.

This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler.

Non-Employee/Student Travel, Payments to Non-resident Aliens and Moving Expenses
April 8, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union, Prairie Room
Review of required travel procedures for non-employees, students and nonresident aliens and a review of moving expense procedures. Presenter: Bonnie Nerby.

Budgets Overview Inquiry
April 8, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number.

Training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance, utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures, and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.

Surviving with Reduced Living Expenses
April 8, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Memorial union, Prairie Room
Learn how to live better with less money spent on everyday expenses. Explore and discuss all spending options available to most families. This is for those who enjoy stretching dollars without having to give up a lot. Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, Village Family Service Center.

Fair Labor and Standards Act (Overtime Issues)
April 9, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn which employees are affected by overtime and how to handle administering overtime. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Astronomy talk, telescope observing session is April 7

The Physics Department will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by holding an astronomy and astrophysics public talk and telescope observing session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in 116 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Exploring the Night Sky: An Amateur Astronomer's Perspective" will be presented by Bryon Grove (anatomy and cell biology). Following the talk, attendees will be given the opportunity to observe the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting).
-- Dr. Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 777-3520

Healthy UND 2020 is April 8

President Robert Kelley and Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd invite UND administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community members to explore the links between health and wellness and academic success and retention with Jim Grizzell, Wednesday, April 8.

Choose any one of the following sessions:
* College of Nursing, Room 102, 10 to 11:15 a.m.*
* School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Reed Keller Auditorium, noon to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be provided in conjunction with the Dean’s Hour Lecture.
* Gamble Hall, Room 3, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.*

*These two sessions will include a one-hour presentation, followed by a 15-minute question and answer period.

Grizzell's visit will initiate Healthy UND 2020, a series of campus discussions on how UND can work collaboratively to foster a campus community that supports student success. His presentations will explore strategies to:
• reduce impediments to academic performance
• promote health and wellness through an integrated, systems-wide approach
• employ evidence-based and best practices in disease prevention and health promotion programs

Grizzell has over 27 years experience in developing, implementing and evaluating worksite and university wellness programs. He has worked with health promotion initiatives for the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, D.C., Chevron Oil Company, and Johnson & Johnson. He is an adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, teaching courses in healthy policy, social marketing and exercise science. His college health experience includes over 12 years directing the health promotion programs and currently teaches online academic courses for Cal Poly Pomona. He consults on developing evidence-based programs to improve health and enhance academic performance.

His visit is sponsored by the office of the president, vice president for student and outreach services, Wellness Center, Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, Healthy UND and School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For more information, contact Susan Splichal at or 777-3274.

-- Laurie Betting, assistant vice president for health and wellness; Jane Croeker, student health promotion advisor; and Susan Splichal, Healthy UND 2020 coordinator.

North Dakota Museum of Art kicks off "Art and Fun for Adults" April 8

Know nothing about art? Know lots about art? It makes no difference to the organizers of the Museum’s Art Odyssey. Each year the Museum will plan three or four annual events for Odyssey members. Events include private receptions with artists, lectures, museum and gallery trips, and special receptions and gatherings for members.

The goal is to explore contemporary art while learning one’s way around the international art world. Each year will be capped by a national or international trip that might be organized around an art event such as an international art fair. Or the group might choose to make an art tour of a city. In addition to an annual trip outside of the region, the Museum organizes events in the region that are fun, easy to get to, and affordable. For example, next season Odyssey members will be invited to private tours and receptions in homes belonging to established collectors in the Fargo area.

The public is invited to the North Dakota Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, for an introduction to the Art Odyssey program. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a brief overview of the program followed by a behind-the-scene tour of the Museum. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A fee will be charged to join the group, money used to pay the costs of local sessions.

Art Odyssey evolved from the earlier Cultural Enrichment Group, founded in the early 1990s to enable adults from all walks of life to learn about contemporary art in a social, unthreatening environment. After the 1997 flood, Cultural Enrichment evolved into Art Odyssey, which attracts astute collectors, young adults beginning their own collection, and those generally interested in learning about art but not necessarily as owners.

In 2006, Art Odyssey members gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay for the opening of The Disappeared, an exhibition organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art. Following the opening, members were treated to an architecture tour of northern Uruguay, before leaving for Buenos Aries, Argentina to visit museums and artists studios. Many studios and private collections were open to the members as a result of relationships built by the Museum staff while organizing The Disappeared. In 2007, the Museum took Art Odyssey in a different direction leaving the big city for Marfa, Texas, situated on a high plateau of the Chihuahuan Desert. Marfa experienced an unlikely renaissance when artist Donald Judd permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries and archives there. Other places visited by the group include Vancouver and Montreal, Kansas City and Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles to see the newly opened Getty Museum, New Orleans a few weeks before Katrina, and multiple places in between.

If you are interested in being an Art Odyssey member, come to the introductory evening on April 8, 7 p.m. There will be a reception at the home of Mike and Ann Brown immediately following the Museum event. Anyone wishing to attend the private reception following the Art Odyssey introduction and Museum tour, will need to RSVP by Tuesday, March 7.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

April 9 On Teaching Seminar focuses on student writing

Many instructors are familiar with the difficulties student writers encounter in their courses. Understandably, students often feel the need to master content and have not yet learned the ability to communicate their ideas strategically. Teachers end up feeling frustrated with the need to focus on basic skills that they think students ought to already have learned (usually, it is assumed, in Comp. 101).

Taking as its premise that academic writing always occurs in conversation, the composition program has implemented "They Say, I Say," by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein into its classes. This book introduces students to essential rhetorical moves that they can use across the disciplines. The book synopsis says it all: “At a time when so many lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, "They Say, I Say" teaches the core moves of effective argumentative writing suggesting that there are certain moves that experienced writers use instinctively, and that the moves can be learned.” As students become familiar with these moves, they also become aware of how their voices might enter important academic conversations.

So if you have been frustrated with your students writing and thinking skills, come join Lori Robison (English) and Shane Winterhalter (Writing Center) who will lead the next On Teaching seminar, “Practical Strategies for Improving Student Writing at UND,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The discussion will offer both food for thought and a pragmatic approach to talking with your students effectively about their writing. We invite you to this session as a way of thinking about how the work that the composition program is doing with this text could be reinforced in writing classes across the curriculum, and could therefore ultimately lead to better student writing at UND.

The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and Writing Across the Curriculum. To register and reserve your lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail by noon Tuesday, April 7.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

SUNY Distinguished Professor to speak at geography forum

The Department of Geography invites you to the April Geography Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Gamble Hall Room 7. David M. Mark, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, will present "Ethnophysiography: Cultural and Linguistic Variation in the Conceptualization of Landscape." Everyone is welcome. For questions, please contact Dr. Enru Wang, Department of Geography at 777-4590.
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 7-4590

Hands-On Learning Fair is April 18

Children, birth through age 7 and their families, are invited to attend the Hands-On Learning Fair, a free family event that is part of the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month celebrations in April. The 18th annual Hands-On Learning Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. The fair features an exciting variety of learning activities for children age birth to 7 and their families, as well as parent information displays. The mayor’s proclamation will kick off the event at 9:45 a.m. "Bring Communities Together for Children —Children Bring Communities Together" is this year’s national theme, emphasizing how critical early education is to the vitality of each community. Sponsors of the event are the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. Its purposes include:
* To provide an exciting way for children ages birth to 7 and their families in the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks area to celebrate this special month.
* To underscore the importance of parent involvement to healthy development and optimal early learning in children.
* To create awareness of learning as a process that begins at birth and continues lifelong, with the most rapid brain development occurring during early childhood.
* To highlight the nature of appropriate early education as hands-on, or experiential, building on children's inborn curiosity and motivation to understand their world.

Creative art, language, science, math, sensory exploration, dramatic play, music, games, and stories are among the many choices of age-appropriate activities for children attending the Hands-On Learning Fair. There is also a parent/infant interaction area designed for the very young. Emphasis is on active involvement in the learning process, rather than entertainment, with learning as its own reward. Adults guide children in their explorations, allowing the youngsters to experience the joy of discovery. There are also informational exhibits for parents.

Local early childhood programs, including the University Children’s Center and many other entities involved in early education and development, provide these learning activities. These professionals plan and carry out the educational experiences on a voluntary basis, applying the same commitment and expertise with which they engage in their regular early care and education responsibilities. In the spirit of working together for children, Dakota Science Center’s Super Science Saturday and the annual Scout Show will be in the adjacent Gambucci Arena.

Community partners for this year’s Hands-On Learning Fair are Grand Forks County Social Services, Tri-Valley Child Care Resource & Referral, Healthy Families, Northland Community & Technical College Early Childhood Program, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Lakes & Prairies Child Care Resource & Referral, Dakota Science Center, and Boy Scouts of America. Many area businesses, institutions, and individuals donate goods and services for the celebration. These include the Grand Forks Park District, UND, retail businesses, and service clubs. Their support and the hundreds of hours contributed by early childhood educators have helped to achieve seventeen years of success for this family event, and to keep it free of charge.
-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director/Instructor, University Childrens Center,, 777-3947

Play basketball against students and raise money

The University of North Dakota chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon will host the first annual Hoops for Hope, men’s 3 on 3, charity basketball tournament Saturday, April 18, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

All the proceeds will go directly to the Northlands Rescue Mission, a Christian-based, nonprofit ministry located in Grand Forks. Those who are interested should go to for registration information or stop by the information booth set up in the UND Wellness Center from 4 to 7 p.m.
-- Michael Johnson, Student, Sigma Phi Epsilon ,, (612) 432-27

Sweet Treats in Culinary Corner is April 18

The Sweet Treats: Cheesecake class that was scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been re-scheduled to Saturday, April 18. Spaces are still available!

The decadence of cheesecake!
Cheesecake doesn't have to be all difficult or unhealthy! Learn some easy and delicious cheesecake recipes sure to please while staying somewhat health conscious. In this hands-on class, participants will assist in the cheesecake creation, enjoy a sampling in class, and take home some of their creations! Recipes will include both no-bake and baked cheesecakes of various types and flavors.

Saturday, April 18, 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.

To register:, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.

All Sweet Treats cooking classes take place in the Culinary Corner cooking demonstration kitchen located at the UND Student Wellness Center.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

John Michael Lerma cooking demonstration rescheduled

The cooking demonstration featuring John Michael Lerma has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 2.

UND Culinary Corner
Fresh Pasta and Italian Sauces!
Demonstration: Open to the public
Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m.
Our favorite Food Network chef is back! John Michael Lerma, UND alum, chef and author lives in Italy part-time hosting his culinary vacations in Tuscany. If you can’t join John Michael in Italy why not join him at the Culinary Corner where he will teach you to prepare the most popular dressings for pasta. You’ll even learn to prepare the fresh pasta!

Demonstration cost is $5 or bring a non-perishable food item for free admission to be donated to a local family in need.

Featured recipes include: Sugo di Pomodoro alla Napoletana (basic tomato sauce), Spaghetti alla Carbonara (Pasta with egg and bacon), Spaghetti con Pesto (spaghetti with pesto sauce), and Pasta all’Uovo (homemade pasta).

A Tuscan Gathering
Exclusive Cooking Class
Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Cost is $50/person, reservations required

Author, chef, and Food Network personality John Michael Lerma takes groups of hungry travelers on culinary vacation of a lifetime to Tuscany. Join him as he demonstrates some of his famous recipes that he orchestrates in the hills outside of Cortona, Italy. Your meal will include his Figs and Smoked Mozzarella Wrapped in Prosciutto, Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Tomato Vinaigrette, Grilled Veal Bundles with Fontina, Sage, and Prosciutto, and for dessert a wonderful Dessert Cannoli. You will also learn which Italian wines are best paired with this type of meal. Maggia!

Participants in the evening event will have a chance to speak one-on-one with John Michael about his cooking experiences and favorite recipes.

To make a reservation, register online at – click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner, or contact Karina Wittmann at 701-777-0769 or

Both events will take place in the Culinary Corner cooking demonstration kitchen at the UND Wellness Center. John Michael's cookbooks will also be for sale at both events.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

Donations sought for children's art programs

The North Dakota Museum of Art continues to collect donated costume and other jewelry and accessories for their May 4 annual Antique to Chic jewelry sale and raffle. Proceeds for the sale help children's art programs which include summer camps, weekend workshops and family events. Sales make it possible to hire professional artists to work with youth, to offer scholarships to children, and to help with supplies. Please deliver the items to the Museum or call to arrange for your donation to be picked up.

Be sure to join us for this fun afternoon event. Some of the raffle prizes are made by artists in the community and tickets will be for sale shortly. The event is free to the public and will include refreshments and music.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Note federal requirement for students with failing grades

Federal regulations require the University to determine a last date of attendance for financial aid recipients who receive failing grades in all coursework for a semester. This process is required to be completed and all adjustments to the student’s financial aid finalized within 45 days of the end of the semester.

To comply with this federal regulation, the Student Financial Aid Office will send requests to document the last date a student with failing grades attended class. These requests will be sent to departments after final grades have been posted for the fall semester.

It is requested that departments complete the forms to the best of their ability and return them to the Student Financial Aid office promptly. Failure to do so may result in the student being required to repay all or part of financial aid received for the semester.
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid,, 701-777-3121

Retreat grant funding is available

“Closing the Assessment Loop” funding is available to academic departments conducting assessment retreats. The best and most useful assessment occurs when there’s a mechanism for regular conversations about data collected. These retreats are intended to make that possible by providing opportunities to bring faculty together to review, discuss, and use findings from assessment efforts.

Funding has been provided through the office of the VPAA/Provost to support assessment through such retreats, up to a maximum of $500 per retreat. Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying academic departments as long as dollars remain available (this is 2008-09 funding, and dollars awarded must be expended within this fiscal year). Funds awarded may be used for food (consistent with University guidelines regarding retreats), materials, duplicating, and/or faculty stipends for pre-retreat organization, retreat facilitation, or data analysis. (Note: Budgets which include stipends should account for benefit costs within the request.)

To apply for retreat funding, please submit a one- to two-page memo that includes a proposed retreat agenda and budget, as well as a narrative description of both. Also include a letter of support from the chair (unless the chair is submitting the proposal). Inquiries or applications should be directed to Joan Hawthorne <> or 777-4684. Proposals will be acted on within two weeks of receipt as long as funding remains available.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs,, 7-4684

Fulbright Scholar awards are available

Faculty who may be eligible for a developmental leave in 2010-2011 or beyond should consider whether a Fulbright application would serve their professional needs. According to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES, the organization which sponsors the Fulbright program), faculty apply for a wide variety of reasons. You may simply desire to live and teach or conduct research abroad. In some cases you might apply as part of a larger effort to internationalize a department or program. In other situations, you may have specific scholarly needs (e.g., for access to specific archives or specific scientific equipment and expertise) which can be met only at a particular location. Whatever the impetus, the aim of the Fulbright program is to build connections and mutual understanding among faculty and students around the world, and to help faculty refresh their thinking by learning and working in a context quite different from the home institution.

If you may be eligible for a leave and would like to know more about the application process, you can visit the CIES Web site ( to learn more about the traditional scholar program as well as other programs offered through the organization. (Please note that it’s possible to use Fulbright resources to bring international faculty to UND as well as to sponsor your own international travel and study.)

Or UND has received three CIES flashdrives containing all relevant program and application information, and those can be borrowed by any faculty member who is considering an application. To borrow one of the Fulbright flashdrives, please contact Joan Hawthorne at <> .
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs,, 7-4684

2007-08 HERI faculty survey now available online

Faculty were invited to participate in the 2007-08 Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) faculty survey during the 2008 spring semester. A total of 192 faculty replied to the survey for a response rate of 28 percent. The results of the survey are now posted to the web at

The HERI faculty survey focuses on full-time faculty engaged in undergraduate teaching activities. In the report, responses from UND faculty are compared to responses from faculty at comparable public universities.

Some noteworthy findings from the survey are:

• Full-time undergraduate (FTUG) faculty at UND are in general more teaching-focused than research-oriented. They usually spend more time each week teaching or preparing for teaching than on any other activity listed on the survey. They tend to teach more courses than their national counterparts.
• In terms of teaching and evaluation methods, a wide range of techniques have been used by faculty and four methods listed on the survey (class discussions, cooperative learning/small groups, using real-life problems, and competency-based grading) have been used by more than 50 percent of UND FTUG faculty. More female faculty report use of experiential learning or field studies in undergraduate classes both at UND (39 percent of females and 21 percent of males) and nationally (36 percent of females and 25 percent of males). Male faculty remain more likely to use extensive lecturing and female faculty continue to be more likely to use "student-centered" instructional methods.
• Besides carrying out a large number of instructional activities, FTUG faculty also demonstrate substantial scholarly productivity. The majority of them have published over five articles and nearly two chapters over their professional lives. In the last two years, 72 percent of faculty report professional writings accepted for publication.
• Overall, faculty express satisfaction with their career choice at UND. When asked if they were to begin their careers again, 86 percent of FTUG faculty would again choose to be a college professor, and 72 percent would again come to UND.

If you have questions about the study, or would like a copy of the full report, please contact Sue Erickson at 777-2265.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-2456

Stimulus tax tables in effect for March 31 paycheck

The University of North Dakota has implemented the new 2009 “Stimulus” tax tables, effective with the March 31, 2009, paychecks.

The new 2009 income tax withholding tables issued to implement the Making Work Pay Credit (MWPC) may place some taxpayers in a slightly “under withheld” situation by the end of the year. In particular, married couples with both spouses earning wages, individuals working multiple jobs at one time or anyone that is claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return may want to adjust their Forms W-4 to have additional withheld.

When you file your taxes, the tax credit that you will receive is supposed to be the lesser of:
(1) $0 for anyone claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return OR a non-resident alien
(2) 6.2 percent of earned income OR
(3) $400 for single individuals and $800 for joint filers

Special Note: This credit will be phased out by 2 percent of the modified adjusted gross income over $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers.

The Payroll Office will be unable to tell you what your federal tax will be for the March 31 check, until pay day. If you would like to estimate your federal tax, prior to pay day, there is a Federal Tax Calculator on the Payroll Web site : . Use the calculator named: Federal Withholding Calculator for CY2009-Effective March 31-2009. This calculator uses the new withholding tables that will be used for the rest of calendar year 2009. This calculator can also be used to provide you with different scenarios, if you would choose to change your W-4.

We recommend that you wait and review your paycheck stub on March 31 and if your wages are the same, then if the difference in your federal withholding between your last check and your March 31 check, multiplied by your number of pay periods remaining in the calendar year is more than your anticipated credit above, you may want to submit a new W-4 to increase your withholding. The W-4 form is located on the Payroll Web site: . You may print it, complete it, and deliver/mail it to the Payroll Office (Twamley 312, or 264 Centennial Drive Stop 7127). -- Payroll.

Online courses offered for summer and fall

Faculty and advisors, as you help your students plan their schedules for summer and fall registration, we ask for your support with informing students about online course options.

With online courses, students can take the classes they need with the flexibility they want. UND offers both semester-based, online courses and open enrollment, independent study courses.

Semester-Based Online Courses
• Students register in Campus Connection (search location field by “online” or “onlinegrad”)
• Tuition is charged at the North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit. Additional course and/or program fees may apply.
• Online course tuition is NOT covered under UND’s tuition cap for full-time students.
• Financial aid may be used with semester-based courses.
• Online courses are NOT eligible for any tuition waiver programs at UND.

Open enrollment, independent study courses
• Students may register at anytime through:
• Tuition is charged at the North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit. No additional fees apply.
• Financial aid and tuition waivers may NOT be used with open enrollment courses.
• Students may enroll at anytime and have 9 months to complete their course.

For more information and a current list of online courses, visit:
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, UND Online & Distance Education,, 701.777.3000

Summer Mini-Project grant deadline extended to noon April 15

The Office of Instructional Development and the Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) will fund a number of Summer Mini-Project grants to support faculty working on significant teaching/assessment projects that go beyond normal course preparation and can be completed in one to two weeks of full-time effort during the summer. Projects may relate to individual classes or to department/program needs (for example: designing a major class project; assembling web-based resources for a class or program; or analyzing data collected in conjunction with the department's assessment plan.) Due to weather related chaos the deadline for this program has been extended from April 1 to April 15 at noon.

Grants will range from $750 to $1,500, depending on the size of the project, and are paid as salary stipends. Applicants are expected to meet university guidelines regarding payment for faculty overload. (Note: Because of funding restrictions, work on Mini-Projects must be done before the end of the fiscal year, June 30.) The Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) reviews Mini-Project Grant proposals. Full guidelines are available at
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID,, 7-4233

Chester Fritz Library lists Easter hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for Easter break: Thursday, April 9, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 10 (Good Friday), closed; Saturday, April 11, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 12 (Easter Sunday), closed.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Law Library announces Easter weekend hours

Easter weekend hours for the Law Library follow: Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, April 9, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 12, closed; Monday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular hours resume Tuesday, April 14.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

Funeral services for Agnes Vennes, wife of John Vennes is April 4

The funeral service for Agnes Vennes, wife of John Vennes, has been set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Holy Family Church, 1018 18th Ave. S. A visitation begins at 9 a.m., and a reception will follow the funeral service. Mrs. Vennes was under hospice care and passed away Feb. 24 in Sun City, Ariz., where she and Dr. Vennes have spent winters for many years. Dr. Vennes is emeritus interim dean and retired associate dean for academic affairs and for basic sciences and research, chair and professor of microbiology, and coordinator of alumni relations. He served the UND medical school for 40 years, including its transition from a two-year basic sciences school to a four-year, MD degree-granting school in the early 1970s.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Public Affairs,, 7017774305

Legislative information available

You can access the 11th issue of the 2009 Legislative Review - A Look at Higher Education in Week 12: March 23-27, 2009, by opening the attached file or clicking on the following web link

Bill status summaries included in this newsletter reflect the most current information available at the time of publication.

Deadline is April 15 for award nominations

Deadline is April 15, 2009 - Meritorious Service Awards and Baker UND Proud Award Nominations

Again this spring, the University of North Dakota will present 10 awards for merit of $1,000 each to staff employees. In addition, the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000 will be presented.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: executive, administrative, and professional (3); technical/ paraprofessional (1); office support (3); crafts/trades (1); and services employees (2). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are UND employees employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the human resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010, by Wednesday, April 15. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual Recognition Ceremony for staff personnel Tuesday, May 19.

Please direct any questions concerning this program to the Office of Human Resources at 777-4361 or -- Diane Nelson, director, Office of Human Resources.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

New chapter of AAUP to be established at UND

After a hiatus of 10 years, a group of faculty who are members of the
American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is attempting to
establish a chapter at the University. There are presently 12 AAUP members at UND, and six of the 12 are members of the organizing committee: Jon Jackson, Lana Rakow, Sandra Donaldson, Douglas Munski, Judy Demers and Curt Stofferahn. If you would like to be part of the effort to establish an AAUP chapter at UND, contact any one of the members of the organizing committee.

Faculty may join AAUP at the following URL: The AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

Studio One features coffee house terms, four-day school week

Learn about coffee house lingo and how some schools are saving money through a shorter school week on the next edition of Studio One. Cappuccino, latte and mocha may sound like similar coffee drinks but local coffee shop owner Bruce Kopp will explain differences in these popular specialty drinks. He sees coffee as more than a cup of Joe and considers each espresso drink his shop makes as a hand crafted beverage. Kopp will explain coffee house terms which may make ordering a triple, small, dry, cappuccino a little less intimidating.

Also on the show, some schools are switching to a four-day school-week. Find out what impact this change is having on students, teachers and the environment on the next edition of Studio One.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. -- Studio One.
-- Suzanne Irwin, Marketing Director, Studio One,, 701-777-3818

Museum Cafe lists weekly menu

Come in and enjoy a $5 Egg Salad Sandwich at the Museum Cafe. This special will run through Friday, April 3.

Also on the menu through Friday, April 3:
* Salads
* Greek Salad
* Stuffed Red Bell Pepper
* Chicken and Spinach Salad

* Roast Beef Philly
* Mushroom Fajita
* Tuna-filled Pita Pocket

Soups are made daily!

The Museum Cafe is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for coffee, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take-out orders are available; call 777-4195. Free wireless internet!

View full menu at
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Nominations sought for Memorial Union Leadership Awards

Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, and Outstanding Student Organization Award are now being accepted. Nomination submission forms and leadership award policies are available online at You are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders and student organization advisors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes students who have exhibited exemplary leadership skills through their campus involvement, volunteer service efforts, on-campus employment, or other life experiences.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award recognizes student organization advisors for their commitment and dedication to students and their campus involvement.

The Outstanding Student Organization Awards recognize student organizations that have contributed in a significant way to the University and Grand Forks community over the past year. Nominations for this award should come from members of the organization.

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Memorial Union Leadership Awards reception Friday, April 24.

Nominations for students and advisors need to be submitted online at

Nomination forms and instructions for organizations are also available at, but completed nomination packets must be submitted to the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

All nominations are due Thursday, April 9, by 4:30 p.m.

Contact Cassie Gerhardt at 777-3667 or e-mail with questions or for more information.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Assistant Director for Leadership & Assessment, Memorial Union,, 777-3667

March Denim Day will be Wednesday, April 1

No April Fool's about it! Since the March Denim Day was stormed out, the new date is Wednesday, April 1. So, wear your denim, pay your dollar, and enjoy going casual. If you need buttons or posters, give me a call.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.



OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.


POSITION: Utility Person (variable schedule), Dining Services, #09-243
COMPENSATION: $ 9.20 plus/hour

Memorandum of Understanding template now available

Grant proposals involving multiple principal investigators and indirect costs, particularly if the principal investigators are from multiple colleges and departments, must include a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) indicating how indirect costs will be distributed. A template MOU can be found on Research Development and Compliance’s Web site (
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

Regional ATHENA, ATHENA Young Professional Award presentation

Join us as we recognize these nominees of these outstanding awards:
Young Professional ATHENA Nominees:
* Kara Odegaard, Development Homes, Inc.
* Elizabeth Bjerke, UND Aerospace Sciences

Remembering Pat Warcup

Patricia A. (Pat) Warcup, assistant professor emerita, physical education and exercise science, died March 27 in Odyssey Hospice Center in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 77.

Warcup, the daughter of Raymond and Irene Christopherson Warcup, was born May 8, 1931, in Grand Forks. She attended local public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1950.

She enrolled at the University of North Dakota in 1950 but interrupted her undergraduate education in 1954 to enlist in the Air Force. While in the Air Force she continued to pursue her interest in competitive sports playing on the Francis E. Warren AFB women's basketball team and later played and coached the Eglin AFB women's softball team. In 1956, she applied for Operation Bootstrap and was granted leave to complete her bachelor of science degree in education at UND. Upon completion of her enlistment, she returned to UND to complete her master of science degree in 1958.

Warcup taught physical education and coached girl's sports at La Puente High School in La Puente, Calif., between 1958-1960. Between 1960 and 1964, she served as department chair of women's physical education at Western Montana College of Education. In 1964, she was appointed the first women's athletic coach in the history of Sacramento State college, Sacramento, Calif., and served as the women's athletic director.

In 1965, the University of North Dakota lured her back home appoitning her women's physical education director. During the first year of her tenure, she and her colleagues started the women's athletic program at UND. She was the first women's basketball coach (1965-1970) and the first softball coach (1966-1970). Between 1965 and 1970, the women's physical education division had raised the number of women's competitive sports to 10 and along with area colleges formed the MinnKota Conference to govern competition. This governing body stood until absorbed by various men's conferences.

In 1970, she took a year's leave of absence from UND to attend Indiana University where she completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate of physical education. Upon returning to UND, she served two years as women's athletic director, then shifted her focus to teaching her academic specialties in sports biomechanics and motor learning. In 1977, women athletes sought her help in petitioning the return of softball to UND's roster of women's sports at UND. She coached the team from 1977 to 1982.

In 1992, she was inducted into UND's Athletic Hall of Fame and retired from UND that same year. Since retirement, she had divided her time between Quartzsite, Ariz., and her Island Lake home, pursuing her hobbies of searching for interesting rocks to cut and polish, silversmithing and genealogy.

Warcup was preceded in death by her parents and one brothers, Alan B. Warcup. She is survived by her brothers Ronald C. (Shirley) Warcup of St. George, Utah, snf Dennis C. (Janna) Warcup of Fargo, N.D.; sister-in-law Devera (Mrs. Alan B.) Warcup, Grand Forks, partner and fellow seeker of adventures involving rock, gold, fish, travel and sports; Dee Watson, Grand Forks, and her "kids," numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the women's softball program at the University of North Dakota. No services are planned.

Remembering Denice Schafer

Denice M. Schafer, research specialist, Human Nutrition Research Center, died March 23 at Northwood Deaconess Hospital, Northwood, N.D. She was 52.

Schafer, the daughter of Alden (Dean) Burke and Darlane Burke, was born Dec. 27, 1956, in Grand Forks. She grew up in Grand Forks, graduated from Red River High School, and graduated from Thermopalis, Wyo., Veterinary Tech School. She began her 30-year career at the Human Nutrition Research Center as the vivarium supervisor.

She married Mark Schafer April 8, 1978, and later had four children.

Schafer loved horses, and would take herself to horse shows around North Dakota where she would ride and show her horses. She also loved to hunt deer and fish for walleye. She spent most of her summer weekends at Devils Lake with her family. When she wasn't fishing on the weekends, she was faithfully watching NASCAR. She also had a green thumb, and planted a huge garden.

She is survived by her parents, Dean and Darlane, husband Mark, four children: Lucas, Ellen, Jacob and Joshua; three grandchildren, Taiylor, Mason and Avery; sister Debra and brother Dennis.

Her family is grateful for the excellent care given to her by the staff at Northwood Deaconess Hospital and the Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Memorial services were held at Amundson Funeral Home March 29. Memorials are preferred to Northwood Deaconess Hospital, Northwood, ND 58267.

Remembering Carl Wasinger

Carl Frederick Wasinger, building services technician, facilities, died March 24, at his home of natural causes. He was 59.

Wasinger, son of Gordon and Marian (Jorgensen) Wasinger, was born Aug. 8, 1949, in Menomonie, Wis. He grew up in Iowa, and graduated in 1968 from University High School in iowa City. He first visited the University of North Dakota campus whn his father interviewed for a job at UND with President George Starcher, and then moved to Grand Forks with his family in 1970 after his father took the position at UND as dean of continuing education.

Wasinger worked at UND for Plant Services starting in the State Street shop Sept. 1, 1971. During his career, he worked for facilities in various capacities. During the coldest months, when the ground was snow-covered, he worked in building maintenance, primarily at the old Engelstad Arena and in later years at Hyslop Sports Center. When there was no snow on the ground, Wasinger was instrumental in helping to keep the UND campus free from litter and looking beautiful. UND has a reputation for having the most beautiful campus in the entire region and Wasinger played a large part in that effort. He was very proud of his family, of UND, and of the work he did on campus. He was also proud of the way the UND campus has grown and flourished in the years he worked there. He would often recite the number of buildings and the amount of square feet of space that had been added to the campus over the years.

He is survived by his mother; a sister, Kaaren Pupino; a brother-in-law, Deacon Sam Pupino; a newphew, Samuel Pupino III; and a niece, Molly Pupino; and two aunts.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and other aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial will be set up through the UND Foundation in Wasinger's name. This memorial will go to the College of Education and Human Development for the research and work of GRAAIN (Global Rural Autism Asperger Information Network). Donations may be made in wasinger's name to the UND Foundation at 3100 University Ave Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8157.

Services were held March 30 with burial in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks.